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Neonatal education

  • UPDATE ON PIPER programs impacted by the pandemic

    While there remains uncertainty around the future with respect to face to face program delivery, we encourage you to discuss provisional bookings for 2021 by contacting the PIPER Education team.

    In the interim our new Online Neonatal Resuscitation Program has been accessed by more than 500 registrants. This is an adaptation of our neoResus Program that provides comprehensive coverage of the cognitive elements of neoResus.

    Registrations for this program can be either by individual booking or bulk purchase by an organisation.  Bulk purchase enquiries should be directed to PIPER Neonatal Education.

    PIPER Neonatal Education is now pleased to present a COVID modified version of its NeoResus First Response Program. The program is designed to be run within a health service with real time PIPER education online support. 

    The program comprises:

    1. Pre-reading of Learning resources from the NeoResus website and a pre-course quiz.
    2. A 90 minute interactive presentation delivered by PIPER Neonatal Educators via a videoconferencing platform.
    3. Small group resuscitation scenarios run by local midwifery/nursing educators. 
    4. PIPER has also developed a separate online program to support educators in the techniques of facilitating NeoResus skills stations, and debriefing NeoResus scenarios.

    While this program does not include advanced skills it is suitable for medical and nursing/midwifery staff and paramedicsWe encourage host health services to prioritise securing a range of disciplines in its participant profile.  

    For all enquiries about further face to face programs please contact us PIPER Neonatal Education.

    We appreciate your patience during this challenging time.

    PIPER Neonatal Education Team

    How to contact PIPER neonatal education

    Please visit our Contact Us page for full contact details.

    Our office hours:
    Monday - Friday: 8am to 4.30pm
    An after hours answering service is available.

    We welcome your comments, suggestions, questions and ideas with regard to both our website and the services offered by PIPER Neonatal Education.

    What services does PIPER neonatal education provide?

    The PIPER Neonatal Education service is based at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, Victoria.

    We provide leadership in and continuing education for all healthcare professionals involved in perinatal care.

    • NeoResus, First Response, Advanced Resuscitation and Facilitator Workshops for newborn resuscitation:
    • An eighteen hour Continuing Education Program in Newborn Nursing Care (CEPNNC).
    • Outreach Education sessions and study days on topics nominated by Level 2 to Level 5 host hospital staff.
    • Education sessions for University students undertaking midwifery, neonatal nursing and ambulance paramedic training.
    • A consultancy service with regard to equipment purchase, developing nursing policies and formulating nursing care standards for Level 2 to Level 4 hospitals.
    • Educational resources/Learning packages relating to care of the neonate.

    We provide education programs that are:

    • Evidence based
    • Individually tailored
    • Based on adult learning principles
    • Multidisciplinary

    Why offer continuing education in perinatal care?

    Advances in perinatal care, particularly over the past thirty years, have improved the outcome for 'at risk' mothers and their newborn infants, as evidenced by a continual reduction in perinatal mortality and morbidity.

    Continued improvement in perinatal outcomes is dependent upon all health professionals providing the best possible standard of care within their local environment.

    All healthcare professionals involved in perinatal care have a responsibility to continually update their knowledge and skills through ongoing professional development activities.

    Neonatal Resuscitation Training Programs: NeoResus

    Neonatal clinical meetings

    The next neonatal clinical meeting:  provisional date Friday, 31st July, 2020.

    An update on neonatology for non-tertiary healthcare professionals.

    Speakers include both Tertiary and Non-Tertiary medical and nursing/midwifery staff.

    Further information to follow.

    Continuing Education Program in Newborn Nursing Care (CEPNNC)


    Avril McLean
    Telephone: 1300 662 434

    Course outline

    The program is hosted by staff in Victoria's four neonatal intensive care units. It consists of 18 contact hours over four half days. Neonatal Nurses, Neonatologists and Neonatal Fellows facilitate the sessions. Discussion, demonstration, workshops, nursery visits, case presentations and didactic teaching/learning formats are utilized throughout the program.  

    Topics include:

    • Resuscitation of the newborn (including perinatal asphyxia)
    • Stabilization of the neonate prior to transport
    • Respiratory Distress
    • Management of neonatal abstinence syndrome
    • Neonatal jaundice
    • Common congenital abnormalities
    • Care of the neonate with a suspected cardiac condition
    • Neonatal seizures
    • Hypoglycaemia
    • Family centred neonatal and developmental care.

    Participant criteria

    Midwives/nurses working in Level 2 to Level 5 hospitals throughout Victoria are eligible. Since numbers are restricted to 18 for each program, one applicant per hospital may be enrolled unless positions remain unfilled.

    Course dates

    This program has been cancelled.

    Program – May 2020

    Tuesday 12 May       MMC    
    1000 - 1530 hours
    Wednesday 13 May MHW
    1000 - 1545 hours
    Tuesday 19 May
    1000 - 1500 hours
    Wednesday 20 May
    1000 - 1600 hours


    Cost per applicant is $520.00 (GST inclusive).

    Application forms / booking information

    Program information and application forms are sent to midwifery Nurse Unit Managers of Level 2 to Level 5 hospitals in February each year.

    Expressions of interest can be made to Mina Soukkane who will notify you when application forms are being distributed.

    Mina Soukkane
    Telephone: 1300 662 434  - 9345 5430 (office)